The Agricultural Development Organization – ADO – was established in 1993 in Burao with a focus at the time on relief and rehabilitation in order to assist the returnee population who had their homes and livelihoods destroyed during the civil war in the 1980s. Since its establishment, ADO has expanded its activities and has ventured into early recovery and development. ADO has its Head Office in Hargeisa with the regional branch offices in Burao, Borama and Erigavo of Togdheer, Awdal and Sanaag regions. ADO is an active member of the main local umbrella groups, namely, NAGAAD and SOLPAF and SONSEF. It also strongly collaborates with the Environment Network, Human Rights Network, and Food Security Network. Currently, the organization is in close partnership with UNDP, ISF, OCHA/SHF, and Development Fund (DF and KNH. A rights-based, pro-poor and people centered methodology is the core philosophy inherent in ADO’s development approach. ADO’s approach is an innovative community-based participatory learning approach aimed at empowering marginalized groups to be engaged in areas that affect their lives. Throughout all the stages of the project cycle, our approach is a bottom-up process; it is a community-driven and people-centered approach. Our belief is that good governance, human rights and democratic principles need both vertical and horizontal support. This paradigm requires developing effective linkages and strengthening meaningful relationships at different levels (national, sub-national and local levels).


ADO envisages a productive and self-reliant society living in a healthy environment where citizens have a good quality of life and equal access to national resources.



ADO desires to provide professional service in program design and implementation with all the stakeholders, partners, beneficiaries, government, and other development actors. Our values development-oriented programs to ensure the sustainability of institutions and interventions for poverty eradication, especially those targeting vulnerable and marginalized groups in Somaliland. ADO redress practices that impede development progress and often result in groups of people left behind. The below-mentioned values are identified and established as the guiding principles in implementing the strategic plan of ADO: